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Sunday, April 22, 2012

US skies to be full of drones

The American skies may soon be full of drones after it was disclosed that domestic law enforcement agencies – from the FBI to local police – have been granted permission to deploy the unmanned aircraft.


An MQ-9 Reaper on a training mission

Documents obtained under Freedom of Information laws show that show that more than 50 non-military organisations have asked to fly drone aircraft, many of which can carry cameras and surveillance equipment for spying within the US.

The figures from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties group pledged to defending Americans from digital snooping by government, showed that major agencies like the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice had been cleared to launch drones.

But more alarmingly, the documents reveal that individual city police forces are also drawing up plans to use the reconnaissance aircraft more regularly associated with top secret missions against terror suspects in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen.

Police chiefs in Miami, Seattle and even North Little Rock – a city in Arkansas of less than 70,000 people – were all cleared by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to launch drones within their jurisdictions.

A spokesman for the North Little Rock Police Department told the Wall Street Journal that it was only using its unmanned helicopter for training over unpopulated areas but hoped to eventually fly it above crime-ridden neighbourhoods and use it to gather intelligence for major drug cases.


In one of the few examples of an application being rejected, the FAA refused to sign off on a request by campus police at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a force tasked with protecting and keeping order among the university's 20,000 students.

In response to the revelation both Democrats and Republicans in Congress last week wrote to the FAA demanding that it take into account privacy concerns before approving deployments.

"We must ensure that as drones take flight in domestic airspace, they don't take off without privacy protections for those along their flight path," said Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts who co-chairs the Congressional Privacy Caucus with a Republican from Texas.

American pilots have previously raised concern that large numbers of drone could pose a danger for manned aircraft.

8 comments:

  1. ...next up on Youtube drone video of farmers selling raw milk stolen by pirates making the government look like the liars they are. All brought to by our sponsors Big Ag and their friendly international banksters!
    All the missing trillions the Federal Reserve gave to the CIA and the military industrial complex will be used to terrorize small business, and create injuries for the medical division to practice junk medical science all for the entertainment of the mad, psychopathic rulers of the world!

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  2. IF I SEE A DRONE I WILL SHOOT IT DOWN

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    1. I SECOND THAT. What's the best firepower to use to get the job done?

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  3. it is no wonder that millions of Christians are expecting Christ's return very soon when we have all this end-time madness. personally I am sceptical about the accuracy of the book of Revelation but would welcome it if it were true. We are truly entering some satanic future world of tyranny today.

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  4. awesome ,just like Pakistan ,hellfires can take out junkies and muggers .Once they are armed .

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  5. This is awesome news, if you own stocks in the companies that make these killing machines. I wonder what we will think now that they will be flying over our homes? Quick someone invent the supersonic slingshot.

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  6. Whatever country we live in, we pay under threat, to fund people who terrorise and lie to us. They overspend and call the debt yours.

    I'm not a God botherer at all but the only rules we should heed would be Common law. (God's law). Governments Go through an Act, (theatre) to produce a bill. A bill to us is precisely that. The more bills they make the more and more we are ratcheted in under their control.

    They attempt to control the anger of the people in the same way Hitlers men did in the "work camps" and Stalin with all of Russia... Fluoridated the water. It's effectively prozac.

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